I Travel Now - Want to Come Along? travel blog

A beautiful Christmas tree in the main stairwell

Gingerbread at the entrance to the Dining Room

Garland on the railings

Even a tree in the Midnight Sun Loun ge

And in the club

Reception lobby

And garland at the Sky Bar!

The harbor in Gustavia

Ready for a tender ride ashore

The Tender arrives!

Luxury Yachts from many ports

Our transportation home

And our private parking spot!

A great day for sailing


We've been having too much fun and not enough time to write about it. Since my last entry we've visited Gustavia St. Barts, and Deshaires, Guadeloupe. In both locations the ship anchored and passengers traveled ashore via tenders.

Tour selection for these port was fairly limited, mostly snorkeling or beach activities. We decided to relax onboard but I ventured into St. Barts in the afternoon to check out the local scene.

The harbor was filled with luxury yachts! It was clear that the holiday spirit arrived with them and all of the sidewalk cafes were filled with celebrants. I walked along the main shopping area passing Dior, Hermes and Bulgari shops alongside tiny botiques selling bikinis and t-shirts! The local currency is Euros, so as you might guess, not too many bargains to be had. A friend spotted a gorgeous yellow diamond necklace at Bulgari for a bit over 1 million Euros, but as she said, "where would you wear it?"

It was fun to poke around. I even took a detour through a local "supermarket". It's always interesting to see what the "natives" are buying. I felt like I was in France, lots of cheeses and pates along with wine and other staples. I think a vacation in St. Barts must be fun!

Deshaires on the other hand was very quiet and less prosperous. Arriving on Christmas Eve Sunday made taxis a rare commodity. Most passengers elected to remain on the ship, or made a short tender ride in, only to return a bit disappointed.

We passed the day reading and relaxing on the pool deck. The skies are blue, but it is still very windy, so finding a sheltered spot in the shade was our main goal. Meals are of course always part of the program and we enjoyed breakfast and lunch in the Verandah Café.

It's easy to disconnect with the real "world" but it was Christmas Eve...we needed to get into the spirit. The ship is beautifully decorated with trees and ornaments everywhere you look.

Last night at 6:30 Christmas Mass was celebrated by Father Bill and then we migrated to The Club for carols and cocktails. I think everyone was there, I've never seen the place more crowded! We enjoyed sharing laughter and song with our fellow passengers. Our suite neighbors introduced us to traveling companions and before you could say St. Nick we were at a table for 8 puzzling over another mouthwatering menu. The conversations were lively and the evening passed in a flash. We actually lost track of time and missed the show! But when you're having fun, who wants to stop?

Many of the others wandered off to The Club for a nightcap but we decided to turn it. It was a beautiful Christmas Eve. We missed our family and friends at home but felt enveloped in good fellowship and celebration here.

I hope you're Christmas is as bright and merry. We wish you all that and more.

Merry Christmas, Margo



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